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How USA Gymnastics failed to report abuse cases by coaches

usa gymnasticsUSA Gymnastics would not disclose the total number of sexual misconduct allegations it receives each year. But records show the organization compiled complaint dossiers on more than 50 coaches and filed them in a drawer in its executive office in Indianapolis. The contents of those files remain secret, hidden under seal in the case filed by Ganser’s daughter. IndyStar, as part of the USA TODAY Network, filed a motion seeking to make the files public. The judge in that case has not yet ruled.

But even without access to those files, IndyStar tracked down four cases in which USA Gymnastics was warned of suspected abuse by coaches but did not initiate a report to authorities.

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Supreme Court temporarily blocks order on transgender bathroom use

SCOTUS blocks bathroom lawA divided Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to temporarily block a lower court order that had cleared the way for a transgender male high school student to use the boys' bathroom in a Virginia public school this fall.
The ruling is a victory for the school board and a loss -- for now -- for Gavin Grimm, the student who won at the lower court level.

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Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal to close down in September

Taj MahalTrump’s name will close after Labor Day, officials announced Wednesday.  The Trump Taj Mahal, now owned by billionaire Carl Icahn, is shutting its doors amid a worker strike that’s dragged on for five weeks.

"Currently the Taj is losing multi-millions a month, and now with this strike, we see no path to profitability," said Tony Rodio, president of Tropicana Entertainment, which runs the Taj Mahal.

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Rhode Island boarding school agrees to settlement in sexual abuse case

St. George's boarding school settles sex caseseAn elite boarding school in Rhode Island announced on Wednesday that it had agreed to a settlement to provide compensation for up to 30 former students over sexual abuse accusations.

St George’s School, in Middletown, had been under fire for months over allegations that boys and girls were molested and raped over the course of decades, from the early 70s into the early 2000s, with leadership accused of covering up the abuse.

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President Obama Commutes 214 Sentences

Obama commutes 214President Obama commuted the sentences of 214 more federal inmates Wednesday, the largest single-day grant of commutations in the nation's history.

Obama has now used his constitutional clemency power to shorten the sentences of more federal inmates than any president since Calvin Coolidge.

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Bill Bratton to resign as NYPD commissioner

Bill Bratton to resign as NYPD CommissionerNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to announce New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton's resignation Tuesday afternoon at a news conference, City Hall sources confirmed.

Bratton, 68, will be replaced by Chief of Department James O'Neill, a source told the The Wall Street Journal, information that was confirmed by an NBC 4 New York source.

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New Minnesota law will make college sexual assault data public

Minnesota law to make sex offences on campus pblicA new law in Minnesota will require all colleges to publicly reveal how many sexual assault complaints they investigate every year — and how many lead to punishments.

The law, which went into effect Monday, requires all colleges in October to start sending annual reports on sexual assault investigations to the state. By December, the Minnesota the Minnesota Office of Higher Education expects to make the data public. Details of the cases will be kept confidential.

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